Demba Ba’s goal against Swansea, a follow up to his winner against PSG last week, brought Jose Mourinho’s man management into question.
The Portuguese tactician has lamented his lack of a real striker all season. He has inadvertently or tactfully maligned his usual first choice striker as old, while Ba has largely been overlooked.
Ba’s goals this week have therefore been a form of vindication for the three men who have been subjected to their managers near disregard – just witness Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o celebrate with Ba after his goal against PSG and Eto’o's celebration after the goal on Sunday.
All the while, another Chelsea striker has been quietly (and sometimes noisily) going about his business of scoring goals, not for Chelsea but for Everton. With 13 goals so far, less than six shy of his tally last term, many feel Lukaku should be given a chance next season to lead the Stamford Bridge frontline. But his relationship with Jose Mourinho does not seem to be good enough, and talk of a £20million move in the summer is never far away from the headlines.
In my opinion Lukaku should be back at Stamford Bridge next season, just not as first choice. Chelsea’s pursuit of Diego Costa is well documented, as was their chase of Radamel Falcao, who eventually moved to Monaco. But should Chelsea capture their man this time, they will have made a big step in the right direction.
Costa represents the best option for Chelsea at the moment, not Edinson Cavani and certainly not injury-prone and greedy Falcao. Lukaku will serve as a brilliant understudy to Costa and Chelsea will be assured of a terrific two-pronged strike force. Should they need a third striker however, then they could persuade Eto’o to stay on for another year, but with Mourinho’s stinging comments about his age, that is not looking feasible.
In an ideal world, Mario Mandzukic, who is almost certain to leave Bayern Munich this summer, would be the third striker but that means having two world class strikers in the same team, and that translates to less game time for a potential big-name forward.
As for Torres, he must either leave this summer or be made to leave. His time is long past in Chelsea, and although I am a big fan of the Spaniard, he has little to offer Chelsea anymore. Ba is almost certain to leave this summer with Italy touted as potential destinations, as well as France. And with Eto’o on a one-year contract which will expire this summer, it is certain that Chelsea need an upgrade on their strike force.
Costa, Lukaku or Mandzukic, who will be the best option for Chelsea next season? Let us know your opinion in the comment box below.
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